Rainbow Trout Information

GENERAL INFORMATION

Common Name:

Rainbow Trout

Scientific Name:

Oncorhynchus mykiss

Diet:

Invertebrates, insects, larvae, small fish, worms, and zooplankton. Rainbow Trout will often stray far from cover to find food.

Habitat:

Rivers, stream, and lakes statewide

Spawn:

Spring over gravel. Eggs hatch in about one month. Fry emerge from the gravel about two to three weeks later.

Distribution:

Cool and cold waters statewide

Origin:

Native to western North America

Characteristics:

Colors vary greatly with patterns depending on habitat, size, and maturity. River/stream and migrant spawning fish are darker and have more intense colors than lake residents or nonspawners. Lake residents tend to be silvery. A mature rainbow is dark green to bluish on the back with silvery sides. The reddish horizontal line typifies the species. Belly is usually white to silvery. Irregular black spots are usually present on the head, back and sides.

UTAH RECORD CATCH & RELEASE

Date:

December 30, 2000

Length:

29 Inches

Fisherman:

Enich Mockli

Location:

East Canyon

UTAH RECORD CATCH

Year:

1979

Weight:

26 pound 2 ounces

Length:

Unknown

Girth:

Unknown

Fisherman:

Del Canty

Location:

Flaming Gorge Reservoir



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